November 29, 2018 Member Newsletter
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First Interstate Bank hosts 100 business leaders at Missoula Member Reception

First Interstate Bank hosted their fourth consecutive fall Missoula Member Reception on the sixth floor of its downtown building on November 29. Members and guests from Bozeman, Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Helena, the Bitterroot Valley, and Rocky Boy, gathered to meet and share hors d'oeuvres. Photos by Slikati.
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CONNECT: Alliance members brave winter weather to meet in Missoula.

iResponse Archaeologist Justin Moshelle chats with University of Montana representatives, guests, and other Alliance members at the reception. iResponse's database allows tribes to do effective and efficient Tribal 106 consultations. iResponse is based in Rocky Boy.

PROMOTE: TOMIS founder gives a lighting talk about his growing business

TOMIS Founder and CEO Evan Tipton gives a lighting talk about his growing company, which provides a SaaS marketing intelligence/automation platform in addition to managed marketing services for outdoor tourism companies. 

TOMIS was named a 2018 High Growth Company to Watch and is a recipient of the Big Sky Trust Fund to hire additional employees in Missoula. Tipton told reception attendees to be on the lookout for exciting TOMIS news in 2019.

ACCELERATE: Tech leaders and UM officials discuss successes and challenges for collaboration

The University of Montana and the Montana High Tech Business Alliance coordinated a meeting between university officials and Missoula-area tech companies. Attendees included Audience Awards, Oracle, TOMIS, iResponse, Blackfoot, onXInimmune Corp., DermaXon, Workiva, LMG Security, LumenAd, ATG, and Submittable.

Representatives from the University of Montana, Missoula College, and Missoula Economic Partnership also attended the meeting, and conversations continued at the member reception upstairs. Watch for a writeup about the discussion.

Lasting legacy:
CTA Architects Engineers celebrates 80 years of global impact with Montana values

CTA Architects Engineers' Bozeman office is one of seven Montana offices and 14 offices across the country. The Bozeman office boasts a ping-pong table and a Kegerator. Photo by Katy Spence/MHTBA

By Katy Spence

When Dell, Inc., hired a small, Montana-based architectural and engineering firm in the early 2000s, they told CTA Architects Engineers that it was going to be a one-and-done kind of job.

But within a couple of years, CTA was was working on projects for Dell all around the globe. CTA President Scott Wilson said CTA’s commitment to client satisfaction was one of the key reasons Dell kept returning for its services.

“It was our client service and our work ethic and can do attitude that got us with them,” Wilson said.

Since that first project in 2001, CTA has provided a wide range of design services for Dell, in excess of 2.5 million sq. ft in 19 countries. The projects have ranged in size from conference room remodels to consolidating smaller multiple locations into singular larger campuses in large cities around the world.

Project Designer Jimmy Talarico said working with client like Dell gives Montana employees the experience of working on huge projects while living in the Big Sky State.

“One electrical engineer in our Bozeman office, for example, goes to Brazil and Panama, and he’ll be going to Europe,” Talarico said. “So, he gets those opportunities to work on global projects while he lives in Montana, which is a pretty awesome incentive as well.”

CTA works with some of the largest companies in the world, including Target, Facebook, and Google. Despite working with big, international names, Wilson said some of his favorite stories are local.

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Member News:

Can Do Podcast:
Zoot Enterprises and Rebranding a Company in the Fintech Market

By Arnie Sherman/MTPR

When Zoot Enterprises hired Eric Hathaway three years ago, the financial services technology provider needed to refresh its entire brand, and Hathaway thrives on change. “I love to help businesses move to the next level – it drives me,” says Hathaway, Zoot’s vice president of marketing. 

Hathaway, who has a global business leadership resume including Credit Suisse, Standard & Poor's, Microsoft and T-Mobile, helped Zoot reposition itself in the “fintech” – financial technology – market and change the way it sold itself, communicated and found new clients.

In this episode of “Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs,” host Arnie Sherman and Hathaway discuss what it takes to rebrand a 25-year-old organization and turn it into the leader in its industry.

Listen to the episode.

Volunteer for ChickTech High School Program on Dec. 1

MISSOULA – ChickTech seeks volunteers from the community to help with their High School Program event on Saturday, December 1st, on the University of Montana- Missoula Campus. The event, which is free to participants, will be held from 8:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.

ChickTech seeks volunteers in the following:
  • Mobile App Workshop
  • Circuitry Workshop
  • User Experience Workshop
  • General 
  • Prep work before the event
  • Coordination 
  • Photographer/Videographer
Fill out the volunteer interest form here.

Read the full press release for more information about the event. For more information, visit the website or contact Brigitta Lee, chapter director, ChickTech:Missoula, 520-307-8865,; or Katrina Edmunds, chapter marketing manager, 406-270-2367,

Regular registration rate ends 11/30 for LMG Security Digital Forensics 1-Day Class

Cybersecurity first responders need to react quickly to identify data breaches and minimize potential losses. Make sure digital evidence is properly preserved in those first critical minutes after detection. This intensive 1-day course includes an Incident Response tabletop exercise plus three hands-on labs, in which you will create a forensic image, preserve volatile memory, and capture network traffic. 

When: Tuesday, December 4th
            8:30am to 5:30pm
Where: LMG Security
             145 W. Front Street Missoula, MT 59802
Instructors: Sherri Davidoff, GCFA, GPEN
                    Karen Sprenger, GCFE, CISSP
                    Paul Martin, OSCP, OSWP
Cost: $495 Regular price, if registered by November 30th
         $549 Late registration 
Learn more and register.
Montana High Tech Business Alliance, AT&T, onX, ATG, LumenAd, ChickTech, LMG Security, Audience Awards: Tech companies look to diversity, inclusion in recent Missoula forum (Missoula Current)
Glacier Bancorp: Former Glacier Bancorp CEO Mick Blodnick Wins Kalispell Chamber’s Great Chief Award (Flathead Beacon)
Missoula Economic Partnership: Economic Partnership, Missoula County track progress of job creation grants (Missoula Current)
Missoula Economic Partnership, LumenAd: Missoula businesses get $450K in state grants to create 63 new jobs (Missoulian)
Blackstone LaunchPad at UM: Missoula women launch retreat business to connect, empower female entrepreneurs (Missoula Current)
High School Computer Science: Capital High seniors win Gianforte’s congressional app challenge (Helena Independent Record)
Missoula airport: Missoula airport sets October passenger record; on pace for record year (Missoula Current)
Montana jobs: Where the Jobs Are: Montana’s Economic Landscape, Visualized (Havre Herald), Where the jobs are: Mapping Montana’s economic landscape (Bozeman Daily Chronicle), Where are the jobs? Why are wages so low? Montana’s economic landscape, visualized (Missoula Current)
Rural Broadband: Microsoft, Native Network Team Up to Bring Broadband to Flathead Reservation (Flathead Beacon)

Welcome New Members:

Farmers State Bank, Wes Curtis, Kalispell

AKM Consulting, Amanda Kay Rosbarsky, Missoula

Upcoming Events: 

ChickTech High School Program - Missoula. Dec. 1. Multiple workshops will run simultaneously throughout the day and range from app creation to UX design. Participants will be assigned to one workshop, so they can spend the day creating a project that they can take with them at the conclusion of the event. The morning workshop session will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon and the afternoon session will run from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. Parents, teachers and sponsors are invited to a tech show from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. where the girls will showcase their projects. Read the press release to learn more. Volunteer using this form.
Digital Forensics 1-Day Class - Missoula. Dec. 4. LMG Security, 145 W. Front Street Missoula, MT 59802. Cybersecurity first responders need to react quickly to identify data breaches and minimize potential losses. Make sure digital evidence is properly preserved in those first critical minutes after detection. This intensive 1-day course includes an Incident Response tabletop exercise plus three hands-on labs, in which you will create a forensic image, preserve volatile memory, and capture network traffic. Register by November 20th and save $50. Learn more and register.
1 Million Cups Bi-Weekly Meeting - Missoula. Dec. 5. Meets the first and third Wednesday each month at 9:00 am at The Loft, Missoula. 1 Hour Free Parking across the street in the city parking garage. Start your morning with coffee and start your business with 1MC Missoula, a place to percolate your startup. Entrepreneurship runs through it. For more information visit the website or Facebook page.
1 Million Cups Monthly Meeting - Bozeman. Dec. 5. Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 am at Red Tractor Pizza, Bozeman. Creating conversation around Bozeman startups, business development, and economic growth in the most entrepreneurial state in the nation (plus, coffee). For more information and application to present, visit the website.
Hellgate Venture Network meeting - Missoula. Dec. 13, 4:30pm, location TBD. HVN facilitates informal networking among entrepreneurs and advisers engaged in building growth businesses in Montana. Learn more on the HVN Facebook page.
Women's Ascent Retreat 2019 - Whitefish. Jan 23 – Jan 25. Ascent Retreat 2019 is for female entrepreneurs and business leaders who need consultations around start-up strategy (scaling, exiting, pitching), organizational culture development (HR, people development), personal & leadership coaching, and health and wellness coaching. Gain insights from women who have worked in esteemed positions in Nike, Patagonia, and BlogHer. In addition, connect with other women who have been in your position from starting up to CEO-ing. Learn more.
Share Your News and Events with MHTBA
Past Newsletters: 
11/15/2018 - Montana CEOs discuss K-12 computer science education; Perficient acquires Elixiter; atgSHE and onX host inclusivity event; ChickTech to host Dec event
11/06/2018 - Photos: Helena event; Experts offer Montana tech companies real estate advice; Perficient acquires Elixiter; Goodworks Ventures backs Reflex Protect
10/18/2018 - Bozeman's Zoot invests in new platform, new markets, & MT communities; Leaders grow high-tech workforce; Charter 1GB Billings; STEP trade show grant
10/04/2018 - FBI cyber security specialist advises MT CEOs; TechCrunch Disrupt puts MT on radar; UM tech camp draws 45 students; Elixiter award; Google event
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